It’s been about a month since my last post. Yes, that’s a confession! I acknowledge that for the last few weeks I’ve been stalled. I’ve allowed those thoughts to gnaw away. You know the ones…I have nothing to say; I’m not being productive; I have no purpose….
Nothing like sitting through a hurricane at the beach to put things in perspective.
Yesterday the ocean churned, the wind lashed against the house, the roads flooded, the rain fell violently.
Today, the sun stands boldly in the sky, it’s rays warm and comforting; the sky a gorgeous blue not found in any paint set; and the water wonderfully inviting and calm.
It’s a timely reminder that being stalled is only temporary. The thoughts are only fleeting. Hope still remains. The storm also promises the light and calm afterwards. Just when you think the storm is the end, utter destruction, just believe, just know the calm is on the horizon. Who knows what is churning inside you, what is ripening and what that may bring forth. Thanks be to God!
“I love you, gentlest of Ways who ripened us as we wrestled with you.
I am the dream you are dreaming.”
-Rilke, Love poems to God
(Topsail, North Carolina; Hurricane Arthur, July 4,2014)
Welcome back! I am on my 2nd reading of Michael Springer’s “the Untethered Soul” and the following passage reminds me of your thoughts on this post. “You are not your thoughts, you are aware of your thoughts. You are not your emotions, you are aware of your emotions. You are not your body, you look at it in the mirror and experience this world through its eyes and ears. You are the conscious being who is aware that you are aware of all these inner and outer things.” We are saved by those life events that capture our attention, arrest those demeaning thoughts, and return us to homeostasis and centering in what we know is truth. It’s a natural process, I believe, and the work we are here to do; to maintain the work of bringing balance to the ebb and flow of thoughts and emotions as we practice riding the waves of life and centering through our spiritual relationship with God, riding the waves, centering, and so on. We are not to beat ourselves up about it; that’s the rhythm of life. Now back to riding the waves of my life. I needed this inspiration. I appreciate you, First Lady Beth-Sarah!
I LOVE this! Thank you sister Gloria for this gentle nudge and reminder. Let’s get back to riding the waves!!